"Where do you get your protein?" If you are vegan you have surely been asked this question. But lately I've been thinking that treating this question as an interrogation or implied nutritional advice is all wrong. I mean, why would near strangers care so much about my health? They wouldn't. What I think they are really asking is "Where do you get your satiation?" •
Protein is the best source of satiation and thanks to government issued nutrition guidelines, our understanding of protein centers on meat. But as I've become an independent adult, I now to prefer my protein in the form of wheat gluten—seriously, don't leave me alone with your seitan, I will eat it all because I am human and I crave fullness.
In the search for satiation, @nativefoodscafe
nailed the vegan formula. The seasonal menus now focus on burgers probably for this very reason. Of the new winter lot, the BBQ Brisket Burger ($12.5) is my favorite. The housemade seitan patty comes draped in crisp edged "brisket-style sliced seitan," @followyourheart
smoked Gouda, ranch slaw,
fresh pickle chips, BBQ sauce, and the rare unicorn of vegan deep fried treats—onion rings. I (and @coffeeandvegan
) immediately asked if the onion rings come as a side... And while they are not on the menu as such, I have it on good authority that if you ask it may be possible—and a part of me wants everyone to ask so they will see the demand for battered and fried onions but another part of me doesn't want to be a dick and stress their lovely minimal wage employees. So proceed with mindfulness.